October 24, 2006

"I remember the blood pouring and the nanny screaming.": Paul McGrath will always be regarded as a hero here, and no doubt by English fans of certain teams. This is an interview with him in The Guardian about his new biography and his life of drinking. It's one sporting bio I intend to pick up.

posted by Fence to soccer at 09:29 AM - 4 comments

McGrath was some player in his day and it's stunning to know that at some point he would think it a good idea to drink bleach. Can you imagine how tortured your life would be to make that choice? Bless him in his struggle to stay sober.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 02:55 PM on October 24, 2006

Thanks for this post, Fence. If his auto-bio comes stateside, I'll be sure to check it out.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:15 PM on October 24, 2006

I was listening to an interview on the radio with him, and he was asked if he ever thought how good a player he could have been without the drinking problem. He said he thought that the drinking actually made him try harder because he didn't want to let his team mates down when he went on the pitch still drunk!

posted by Fence at 02:51 AM on October 25, 2006

Undoubtably a great player, and I say that as a supporter of Villa's bitterest rivals. Here's hoping he can stay clean and sort his life out, if that's what he wants.

posted by squealy at 05:45 AM on October 25, 2006

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